Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) is once again criticized for her weight but her positive body image has kept her cheerful and confident.
The 27-year-old has faced heavy scrutiny for her weight since her childhood. Struggling with obesity all her life, Joyce went on a rigorous exercise and dieting regimen and successfully lost 100 pounds prior to her major entertainment industry debut.
Despite her hard work and dedication, she never seemed to be slim enough in the media’s eyes. Regardless of her many other accomplishments, the headlines have always centered around her waistline.
The attacks became more frequent soon after her break up with ex-boyfriend Mark Ryan. Appearing more rounded in I Love Hong Kong 2013 <2013我愛HK 恭喜發財>, Joyce was said to have abandoned her diet and exercise routine.
Later, she was speculated to have been dropped from her slimming institute endorsement deal after ballooning up to 180 pounds.
According to the latest report via Jayne Stars, Joyce is apparently getting close to reaching 200 pounds.
Seen filming Wilson Chin‘s (錢國偉) latest project Hot Madam <辣警霸王花> last month, Joyce certainly looks heavier but she has also remained agile. While going through a boot-camp style training for the film, she easily climbed up a forty-feet rope ladder and performed a split without breaking a sweat.
Despite all the harsh attacks, Joyce is confident in her abilities and does not let the comments affect her mood. She works hard to re-direct the attention to her talents while emphasizing that people should not be judged solely by their weight.
“I feel that weight should not be something that permanently seals someone’s fate. I have never given up on myself. I have actually received many job offers since signing to a new company this year. I am very happy.”
Although she feels comfortable in her skin, Joyce still understands the importance of staying healthy and is committed to keeping her body in good condition.
“My boss has made me promise to get an annual check-up. I have done so and I am healthy and normal. I promised everyone I will continue to exercise, but I will stop being so anxious over my body shape and the numbers on the scale.”